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We’re pretty sure we’re not the only ones to get these overwhelming anxiety attacks that cloud our thinking and render ourselves unable to breath, or worse, unable to move. And we’re betting our lunch money that at one point or another, you too have felt deep sadness and have contemplated killing yourself.

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According to the World Health Organization, 16 percent of Filipino students aged 13-15 had contemplated suicide in 2011. Thirteen percent of those had actually attempted to kill themselves.

Truth of the matter is, mental health is still treated like big pink elephant in the room that nobody ever talks about.

Thankfully, there are beacons of hope around. Sen. Bam Aquino just authored Senate Bill No. 657, aka the Adolescents and Youth Mental Health Program Art.

It pushes for a creation of mental health program under the Department of Health that will cater to Filipinos aged 15-30 — us, basically.

Under the senate bill, every public or private educational institution must have at least one qualified guidance counselor to provide support and advice to students.

It also aims to put in each city and municipality office a mental health desk, where a mental health practitioner will be available for consultations and queries of adolescents.

Sen. Risa Hontiveros, meanwhile, seeks to pass the country’s first Mental Health Law, which aims to protect the rights of the people with mental health disorders and/or disabilities.

Despite having the highest number of depressed individuals in the region — 1 out of 5 Filipino adults suffer from a mental or psychiatric disorder — mental health still isn’t covered by most health insurance companies in the company.

We don’t know about you but this is something we can definitely get behind!

In the mean time, if you’re feeling forlorn and in despair, it’s best to talk to someone. Ring the number below. And remember, we’re with you.

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[H/T Manila Bulletin]

Photo: Disney Wika

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